Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 3/2/12
Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine, new to his job but a voluble veteran, tried to roil the rival Yankees this week with provocations relating to events of 2004 and 2001. It was sad, really. In years gone by, Trot Nixon and Kevin Millar would arrive at spring training and serve up juicy quotes about how Alex Rodriguez wasn't a true Yankee. Now the best the Red Sox can offer is a deconstruction of the Derek Jeter flip play. But maybe we shouldn't be so hard on Bobby V. He hasn't managed in the majors since 2002, back when the Red Sox-Yankees saga was nearing its zenith. Boston ruined the narrative by winning the World Series (twice). Since then, the rivalry has gone from passionate to passe. No matter how many tickets they sell, no matter how many headlines they generate, the Red Sox and Yankees just aren't as interesting as they used to be. But baseball is lucky. Two fresh franchises have come to the fore. Meet the Rangers and Angels -- the most interesting rivalry in the game this...
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